Author(s):Dr Sunil Raheja
Stress. We all think we know what it means, and as doctors most of us can claim to have experienced it at some time or another (or at least know someone who has).
The word 'stress' often crops up in everyday conversation. However, it can be confusing as it can refer to a wide range of mental, physical and social ill health issues.
Strictly speaking, stress is not a recognised medical condition. Even so, unrecognised it can go on to cause a number of long-standing ill effects including burnout as well as more general psychiatric morbidity.
The BMA (2019) report on the mental health of doctors found:
This module seeks to give an overview of current research on stress as it applies to doctors in general and psychiatrists in particular.
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